So remember back in November when I said, “No more projects until 2015”?
Ummm, yeah. So we’re doing the fireplace.
The stone–six skids of it–was delivered a week ago. Ralph signed off after a careful inspection.
We gathered the various barn beams we have lying around (yeah, we’re lucky like that) and picked out a couple of contenders for the mantel. Since they were closer to tree trunks than lumber, on Saturday my Dad and I took them to a local sawmill and had them squared off.
Matt and I removed the extremely heavy metal insert yesterday. We emptied the living room to get ready for demo and taped off all of the openings with plastic in a (probably vain) attempt to contain the dust and soot.
I should be clear that this is not a DIY project for us. We do not possess the expertise to build a fireplace. However, a close family friend does. He’s a professional mason, and he did all of the brickwork on my parents’ house, including their fireplace, and worked with my Dad for years. We’ve hired him. So when I say we’re doing the fireplace, I have a loose definition of we and doing.
I’m off work today to help with the take down, and I’m planning to work from home a couple of days this week, but my involvement will be very limited.
Regardless of my minimal contributions, we should have a new fireplace by Christmas.
Now that’s what I call a present.